Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Halo Project- Automatic Pest Traps

Over the past few weeks I have been involved the Halo Project at Rotokare. This project intends to expand the safe area for birds by trapping outside of the fenced sanctuary on surrounding farmland. Birds are protected within the sanctuary, but when they fly out they are at risk from pests.

I set out on a quad bike, with Steve who is a trustee of the Reserve. Rotokare is surrounded by hilly terrain which is mainly occupied by sheep and beef farms. Many of these farms contain areas of bush.

We scrambled to the top of hills to install, bait and mark GPS coordinates for traps. Some of the traps we were setting up were automatic pest traps. These traps are powered by a gas canister and can kill 12/24 pests without having to be checked/ reset. They have a counter to show how many pests have been killed (though they can not yet tell you the type of pest caught).  You can read more about these here. 

It will be interesting to see whether birds start to safely disperse outward over the coming years.

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